You are here

Executive short courses

Immerse yourself in Europe’s cultural, intellectual and industrial heart, while undertaking an Executive Short Course in innovation and leadership at the Monash University Prato Centre in Tuscany, Italy.

In 2017, our course is aimed at the Higher Education sector, and it offers you a unique opportunity to share insights with some of the best in the field on how innovation shapes new business models.

We offer a range of innovative short courses to support the professional development of senior leaders from all sectors. Our focus is on accelerated learning that will be immediately useful in your workplace. We draw on Monash experts as well as experts from our university and industry partners around the world to deliver our leadership courses, with group and individual coaching available. We can even tailor group courses for your organisation’s needs.

Higher Education: Leading for Innovation and Impact
26-30 June 2017

You will join an international group of peers to examine how innovation is shaping the future organisation of Higher Education. You will explore the expectations on universities to generate economic, social and cultural benefits. You will locate your own experiences within an international perspective of Higher Education and then use this understanding to develop a personal action plan for change within your institution.

Tours to Bologna and Florence will stimulate your reflection on the past and future of Higher Education. High profile speakers drawn from a range of contexts (education, industry and government) will provide rich insights into innovation, leadership and impact. You will also work with the course facilitator one-to-one to support the implementation of your action plan.

The course is aimed at senior management roles in the Higher Education sector.

Read more and view the schedule.

Course facilitator

Professor Paul Coyle
Innovation, Leadership and Change Management Consultant, UKPhoto of Paul Coyle

Paul is an innovation, leadership and change management consultant who specialises in Higher Education. He fulfils ongoing roles for the European Commission’s Directorate General responsible for Culture and Education, the UK's Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, the UK's National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education and the European University Industry Innovation Network. He supports the development of entrepreneurial universities and has worked with universities in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. During an academic career spanning nearly 30 years, he held a wide range of responsibilities including the posts of Pro Vice-Chancellor for Learning & Teaching and Executive Dean for Arts & Business.


Dimitra Manis
Senior Vice-President, Global Talent, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
New York, USA

Professor Abid Khan
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Global Engagement), Monash University
Melbourne, Australia

Read more about the speakers.

Course fees

Course fees are offered as either a course and accommodation package fee, or just the course fee if you choose to book your own accommodation.

Discounts are available for early bird registration (by 31 March 2017), groups of more than two, and Monash alumni.

Go to the Costs page for full information.

Read the Cancellation and Refund Policy.

Professional development 

Monash University’s global reputation ensures that you are recognised no matter where in the world you choose to work professionally. Through the Higher Education: Leading for Innovation and Impact Executive Short Course, you will be able to:
■ Lead innovatively with confidence in complex scenarios
■ Enhance your analytical and decision-making capability
■ Develop a strong network of influential peers in an immersive environment

Photography of Executive Short Course in action


■ An inspiring location in the centre of a historic town in Tuscany, Italy
■ Attractive, air-conditioned rooms
■ Professional multi-lingual staff on-site
■ Free, secure wireless Internet access
■ Established network of accommodation, catering and tourism service providers
■ Twenty minutes from Florence airport and an hour from Bologna airport
Want to see more? Take a virtual tour of the Monash Prato Centre.

Prato – a vibrant city 

Located in the heart of Tuscany, the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to several UNESCO world heritage sites, the Centre is in a prime position to bring you the best of the region’s historical treasures and modern successes. During your stay:
■ Follow in the footsteps of Renaissance masters Michelangelo, Filippo Lippi or Galileo
■ Delight your ears with a night at the opera near Puccini’s home in Lucca
■ Sample local produce and shop for designer labels in Florence, Montecatini or Forte dei Marmi
Panoramic view of Piazza Duomo


The city of Prato offers a wide range of accommodation options within walking distance from the Monash Prato Centre. View our Accommodation page for a list of options or take advantage of our course and accommodation package offer (see Costs page). We recommend you book accommodation early to ensure availability.


A copy of the Conditions for Participation can be downloaded at the bottom of this webpage.

Read the Cancellation and Refund Policy.


Want to read more about the course or show it to a colleague? There's a brochure you can download at the bottom of this page.

Further information 

To find out more, please contact us. 


Monash University (Australia) 
T: +61 3 9905 5932 

Monash University Prato Centre (Italy) 
T: +39 0574 43691